It’s a great time of year on Lake Nacimiento as residents and vacationers alike enjoy the last few weeks of summer. There’s always a wide variety of things to do throughout the summer and late into the fall whether you choose to hang around our beautiful lake or venture to other areas in the California Central Coast.
With fall quickly approaching, it’s important to keep in mind how the changing season can affect your Lake Nacimiento home. Taking care of things early on in the season will ensure your home stays in tip top shape during the colder weather months. Here are a few things to take care of this month!
1. Add weatherstripping to doors and windows– Weatherstripping can be plastic, foam, felt or metal; its job is to seal small gaps, keeping moisture and cold air outside where they belong. Newer, energy-efficient windows generally don’t require added weatherstripping, but if your windows are older, weatherstripping can keep drafts at bay and energy costs down.
2. Check storm windows– If you have storm windows that are cracked or dirty, repair and clean them now; prior to autumn installation.
3. Insulation speculation– This is a good time to check the condition of insulation and see if you need more, especially if you live in an older Lake Nacimiento home. You can purchase un-backed or loose-fill insulation if you are just beefing up what is already there. If your walls lack insulation, consider having a professional install blown-in insulation foam. The energy savings will probably offset the cost of the procedure in a couple of years.
4. Check gutters– Do a quick visual check to make sure gutters are clear — they’ll be performing double duty soon with rainstorms and falling leaves.
5. Keep mice out– September inspires nesting in mice as well as humans. Mice are looking for a winter home now, and that newly insulated attic would be just the spot. Mice can squeeze through 1/4-inch openings; rats need a half-inch. Make sure all exterior vents are screened, and that there are no gaps underneath garage doors.
6. Caulk exterior– Think of caulk as weatherstripping in a tube. Any gap on the outside of your home can be a candidate for caulking. Look at transition spots: corners, windows, doors, areas where masonry joins siding, or places where vents and other objects protrude from walls. Carefully read manufacturer’s directions to make sure the caulk you buy will work where you plan to use it, and don’t forget to purchase a caulking gun. Early fall is a good time for this task because caulk becomes difficult to apply when the temperature falls.
7. Inspect your roof and chimney– If your roof isn’t too steep, and isn’t covered with slate or tile, you may be able to carefully walk on it on a dry day. Look for broken or missing shingles, missing or damaged flashing and seals around vent pipes and chimneys, and damage to boards along the eaves. Also peer down your chimney with a flashlight to make sure no animals have set up house in it. If you can’t get on your roof, perform this inspection with a ladder around the perimeter. Some patches and roofing cement now can prevent thousands of dollars of water damage later in the winter.
As a Lake Nacimiento Real Estate agent, my goal is to not just help you through the home buying or selling process; but to give you tips and advice so that you can enjoy your Oak Shores or Heritage Ranch home for years to come!
Have questions about buying a home on Lake Nacimiento? Feel free to contact me anytime! I would enjoy helping you find the home of your dreams in one of our beautiful communities!
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